Mandate for Leadership Series

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Mandate for Leadership Series

Substantive policy discussions with influential national leaders

The Mandate for Leadership Series, presented by Heritage and The Epoch Times, features substantive public policy discussions with some of the most influential national leaders. 

Recent Event

Speech and Discussion with Gov. Ron DeSantis

October 27, 2023: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers a speech on foreign policy, followed by a question-and-answer session with Heritage President Kevin Roberts and Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek. 


American Energy for Prosperity

October 4, 2023: Senator Cynthia Lummis explains why American energy leads to economic prosperity in a discussion with Mandy Gunasekara, director of the Center for Energy and Conservation at the Independent Women’s Forum, and Diana Furchtgott-Roth, director of Heritage’s Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment. 



Powering the American Dream

August 2, 2023: Harold Hamm, Continental Resources executive chairman, and Heritage President Kevin Roberts discuss the solution to securing a safe and prosperous energy future for our country and the world.



Securing the Border and the Homeland

July 12, 2023: Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green discusses the policies needed to secure the border, next steps for the “Secure the Border Act,” and other border security measures.


Achieving the American Dream

July 11, 2023: John Catsimatidis shares his inspirational rags-to-riches story during a question-and-answer session with Heritage President Kevin Roberts.



Restoring the Military’s Focus on Warfighting

March 30, 2023: Congressman Mike Waltz addresses the policies or practices in the Defense Department that reduce military readiness and recommends remedies.



Winning the New Cold War: A Plan for Countering China

March 28, 2023: Senator Marco Rubio discusses how America should respond to the threat from Communist China.



The District of Disorder: Crime and the District of Columbia

March 23, 2023: Senator Bill Hagerty, former U.S. Attorney for D.C. Jessie Liu, and Chairman of the D.C. Police Union Gregg Pemberton discuss what can be done to stop the radical rise in crime in the District—and around the country.



China and Ukraine: A Time for Truth

February 16, 2023: Senator Josh Hawley charts a new defense policy that prioritizes the threat of China, challenges the consensus on Ukraine, and safeguards Americans at home.



Big Tech’s War on Free Speech

January 11, 2023: Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado discusses Big Tech’s abuses of power with Kara Frederick, director of Heritage’s Tech Policy Center.

“Mandate for Leadership,” a book first published in 1981, has informed presidential administrations with principled policy recommendations for more than 40 years.

Now, as then, we know who we are fighting and what we are fighting for: our Republic, our freedom, and everyday Americans. It will be a daunting test, but no more so than every generation of Americans has faced and passed.

The latest edition, “Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promise,” was released in April and represents the best effort of the conservative movement. It includes contributions from more than 35 primary authors and hundreds of contributors, including former elected officials, world-renowned economists, and veterans from four presidential Administrations.  This is an agenda prepared by and for conservatives who will be ready on Day One of the next administration to save our country.

The Mandate for Leadership Series showcases this agenda, featuring policy conversations with national leaders and providing resources for the American people to understand the problems and solutions facing the country and drive the conversation around the most important issues.

For more than 50 years, Heritage has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of the nation, leveraging its strength as a leading educational and research institution. We are joined by a trusted partner, The Epoch Times, which is dedicated to seeking the truth through insightful and independent journalism, standing outside of political interests and the pursuit of profit, in order to serve the public benefit and be truly responsible to society.